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The Great Fire Of London Essay

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As once posted on Funky, a blog about the latest news, "Fire from the heart of London spreads through the blood of it's veins, making history from ashes" (“Metaphor…” quote #6). In 1666, the Great Fire of London destroyed and turned everything in its path to ashes and is remembered as one of the most historical devastations of Great Britain. The September fire lasted approximately four days. There are a number of different reasons why this fire was so destructive including a lack of response, building material, and of how close the buildings were together. There are other reasons but those three were the most significant. There were also theories regarding the number 666.
Many people believed that the number, 666, was superstitious. One year before the fire, a man by the name of Michel de Nostredame predicted that in the year 1666, there would be a great fire. Michel de Nostredame, or Nostradamus, was a Frenchman who lived in the 16th century. Some called him a ‘seer’, as he studied astrology and different sciences to predict the future. When he predicted the Great Fire of London he said, “The blood of the just will commit a fault at London, Burnt through lighting of twenty threes the six: The ancient lady will fall from her high place, Several of the same sect will be killed” (“Top 10…” No. 9). The “six” in the quote refers to either the six documented deaths or the year the fire occurred. “The ancient lady” is a reference to London. Others pointed to the writings of John the Evangelist to support the idea that the number six hundred sixty-six identified a particular beast. In the Book of Revelation, John wrote about the number, “It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name. This calls for wisdom. Let the person who is insight calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man. That number is 666" (“The New…”, Rev.13: 16-18). The ‘beast’ symbolizes Satan and the ‘mark’ is said to be either the beast's name or the number 666 (“ The Book…” par. 1). So when the year 1666 came around, the people of London were on edge.
The London houses were built of wood or tar and the roofs were made of straw or reeds. The streets were narrow and the houses were close together and susceptible to fire. Unsanitary conditions were an issue and in 1665 the Bubonic Plague descended upon the city. This plague was so deadly that it caused some people to die hours after they came in contact with it (Alagna 10). The deadly plague came from rats aboard ships arriving from Holland. People who had the plague were quarantined in their houses. At first, many thought it was spread by cats and dogs, so the mayor, Sir Thomas Bludworth sent a decree to destroy these animals. Ironically, the cats and dogs were critical in lowering the rat population. So...

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